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What is the difference between box 16 and box 18 on the w-2?

My box 16 (which matches the amount in my box 1) is MORE than my box 18. Will that have a different effect on my Local taxes owed?
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What is the difference between box 16 and box 18 on the w-2?

Box 18 (W-2) may often differ from Box 1 and Box 16. The fact that it is less for you would mean your local taxes could be less than if they were the same.

Box 16: State wages.  Box 16 reports the total amount of taxable wages earned in that state. If you worked for the same employer in multiple state, there may be multiple lines of information.

Box 17: State income tax withheld. Box 17 reports the total amount of state income taxes withheld from your paychecks for the wages reported in Box 16. This amount may be deductible as part of the deduction for state and local income taxes on Schedule A.

Box 18: Local wages.  Box 18 reports the total amount of wages subject to local, city, or other state income taxes. Often different than Box 16 and Box 1 (Federal Wages).






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What is the difference between box 16 and box 18 on the w-2?

Why would box 18 be greater that box 1 on a w-2
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What is the difference between box 16 and box 18 on the w-2?

Not a helpful answer.
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What is the difference between box 16 and box 18 on the w-2?

Most likely due to the treatment of certain employee benefits.
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What is the difference between box 16 and box 18 on the w-2?

@te_reen  In spite of the title, I do not believe that @rc95201 is a TT employee.,
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What is the difference between box 16 and box 18 on the w-2?

Box 18 (W-2) may often differ from Box 1 and Box 16. The fact that it is less for you would mean your local taxes could be less than if they were the same.

Box 16: State wages.  Box 16 reports the total amount of taxable wages earned in that state. If you worked for the same employer in multiple state, there may be multiple lines of information.

Box 17: State income tax withheld. Box 17 reports the total amount of state income taxes withheld from your paychecks for the wages reported in Box 16. This amount may be deductible as part of the deduction for state and local income taxes on Schedule A.

Box 18: Local wages.  Box 18 reports the total amount of wages subject to local, city, or other state income taxes. Often different than Box 16 and Box 1 (Federal Wages).






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